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Sweet wines: for meditation, at the end of a meal or as a cocktail? – Italian Cuisine


A new Renaissance is being relived in the consumption of these wines, perhaps not in quantity, but the very way of consuming them is changing, enjoying them as a meditation or even in cocktails.


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Appreciated in all the European noble courts until the beginning of the twentieth century, sweet wines were the most drunk. In the last 15 years, consumption has suffered a seemingly unstoppable decline. The factors that have contributed are many: first of all the squeeze on the use of sugars (obviously they have a high sugar content), but also the rise in temperatures and the greater diffusion of heating in homes (they were wines also used in the past to "warm up" given the high alcohol content). At the base of this transformation there is above all a profound change of tastes in the use of wines, due to constant research in the oenological field, which has led to a greater variety and quality of products and which has ended up relegating the sweet ones to the moments of party or after a meal. The erosion of consumption in the Italian market is offset by exports, which instead is growing, reaching an average of 80% of total production. Fortunately, in recent years sweet wines are at the center of a new interest, which does not focus on quantities, but on how to use them and lives them rather as meditation wines or even as valuable ingredients for cocktail contemporaries.

What are the types of Italian sweet wines?
In the north-west, where they are born, we find Asti and Moscato d'Asti, in the north-east we find passito da Traminer and sweet wines from Friuli, such as Picolit. In the center, when we talk about sweet wine, we think above all of Vin Santo, in Tuscany, and passito wines, in Lazio. In the South and in the Islands, passito and fortified wines such as Marsala dominate. Sweet wines are usually tasted according to taste, that is in pairing with desserts or alternatively, alone, like wine at the end of the meal or, for those particularly fortified, for meditation. In recent years we have tried to rejuvenate these habits by including sweet wines in the cocktail menus, also to bring them closer to the world of young people. The first to promote this movement was Pellegrino Cellars with the one he called "Marsala Revolution".

The new life of Marsala in cocktails
Taking inspiration from this "revolutionary" wine, loved by Garibaldi, we tried to give new life to Marsala. "Each revolution aims to establish a different order, a contemporary, easy way of drinking, out of the ordinary, totally breaking with the one that remained in vogue for over a century until a few decades ago", he says. Benedetto Renda, director of Cantine Pellegrino. Old John, Bip Benjamin, Uncle Joseph, Horatio (names in honor of the great English entrepreneurs who sensed the commercial potential of Marsala in the nineteenth century and decreed its success) today have become a new line dedicated to mixology. These bottles want to tell the different styles of Marsala (Marsala Superiore, Marsala Superiore Riserva, Marsala Soleras or Vergine, Marsala Vergine Stravecchio or Riserva) to a young and less educated audience from the wine point of view. To complete the range there is also the Marsala Ambra Superiore 2012 Anita Garibaldi, dedicated to the woman who loved the revolutionary. From Grillo, Catarratto and Inzolia grapes, grown in the hinterland of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo, intriguing for its intense amber color, it is a versatile wine (the "lightest" of the team, a Marsala Superiore, with 18 degrees of alcohol and 24 months of barrel aging), with pleasant notes of apricot and carob, and slight hints of thyme and black pepper. And let's not forget that this wine is also often used in cooking: here is the recipe for sweetbreads with Marsala.

195062 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2022/01/stravecchio-di-asiago-ubriaco-al-torcolato-maculan-496-1.jpg "width =" 210The Torcolato of Braganze, a micro production that is produced on one striss of hilly land of about twenty kilometers, between the rivers Astico and Brenta, in the territory of Braganze, in the Vicenza area. It is first mentioned in 1754 when explaining the production process: the Vespaiola grape, native to the area, is put in the form of "torcolato" or the bunches are left in withering, twisted and hung with a rope from the beams of the barn (mainly to save space and protect the precious berries from possible rodents). During this period the berries lose much of the water they contain, favoring a high concentration of sugars, before being "pressed”And left to ferment in small oak barrels. Since 1996 the Doc has been recognized but since time immemorial we find the Magnifica Fraglia (Confraternita) del Torcolato to preside over the correct procedure. Among the major producers of this micro production to date we find Fausto Maculan with his daughter Maria Vittoria.

195079 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2022/01/RAIS-BAGLIO-DI-PIANETTO-1.jpg "width =" 210Ra'is Essence of Baglio di Pianetto represents the history of a people. Already known at in the imperial court of Frederick II, Moscato has become the wine par excellence for celebrations in Sicily from generation to generation, closely linked to the island's pastry tradition, where the intensity of flavors takes the form of baroque delicacy. P.rproduced from Moscato grapes harvested on the estate of Contrada Baroni in Noto, in the lands of white limestone, this Moscato tells of the favorite wine of Count Paolo Marzotto from a very young age. The name is inspired by the ltuna fishermen's net, because it is said that Muscat captures the Sicilian sunlight and spreads it among its golden and coppery reflections.

195080 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2022/01/recioto_velluto.jpg "width =" 210The recioto della Valpolicella it is a wine with an ancient history, which dates back to Roman times. The vines used are indigenous, namely Corvina (in the measure from 45 to 95%), Rondinella (from 5 to 30%) and Corvinone (up to a maximum of 50%). In ancient times the drying came conducted on racks used for the cultivation of silkworm for about 3 months but today they are set up in suitable rooms (called fruit rooms), suitably ventilated. Finally it is aged for at least 3 years in small oak barrels. To this wine it is also dedicated a traditional and deeply felt festival, the Palio del Recioto which is traditionally held in the Easter period. One of the most historic wineries that produces it with all the trappings of the traditional method is the Meroni farm in Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella. It boasts among the ancestors of the Antonio Pesenti family, Italian economist and politician and member of the Constituent Assembly and a dedication, shown on the label, by the famous Veronese poet Berto Barbarani in a letter from 1943, where he appreciates this wine.

195081 "src =" https://www.salepepe.it/files/2022/01/benrye-2.jpg "width =" 210Among the heroic wines (i.e. produced in particularly adverse conditions and harvested exclusively by hand) one cannot but admire the tenacity of winemakers which produce the passito di Pantelleria. Among the most iconic labels with a strong allure, the Pantelleria Passito Ben Ryé 2016 Donnafugata, whichin Arabic it means "fwind chill". This is because, as the inhabitants of this impervious island like to say and which often suffers from severe droughts, the wind that blows between the grapes is a constant on the island. L'Author's label celebrates love, care and effort which is necessary to produce this wine on a unique and fascinating island.

January 2022
Camilla Rocca
Photo above of the Brembati Pastry Shop in Villa d'Almè (Bg)

Posted on 18/01/2022


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Rice with lentils: the autumn meal saver – Italian Cuisine

In autumn, legumes are the main ingredients of fantastic first courses. Like soups or as in the case of rice and lentils, simple and healthy

In Autumn they return to depopulate i legumes on our tables. Nutritious and healthy, i legumes they are not only ideal as a side dish, but also as the main ingredient of a first course.

For example, rice and lentils. Have you ever tried it? It's really easy to make and well balanced, great for whoever is too vegetarian.

If you have to improvise a dinner it will not be difficult with this dish since rice and lentils are ingredients that should never be missing in food storage. However, calculate that, as with all legume-based dishes, you will need soaking and cooking time, at least an hour. If you want to try to cook this dish, below we propose the step by step recipe; in the gallery, instead, some tips to delight the dish.

Rice with lentils: the recipe


To prepare rice with lentils, you will need: 200 g of peeled dried lentils, 200 g of rice, 40 ml of extra virgin olive oil, 5 tablespoons of tomato puree, 1 stick of celery, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 lt of water and salt to taste.


In a saucepan, sauté the garlic with the oil, then add the tomato puree, lentils and the chopped celery stalk; finally, add the water. When the water boils, lower the heat, cover the pot and let it cook for about half an hour. Now pour in the rice, season with salt and cook according to the instructions on the package. When the rice is cooked, the dish is ready: serve hot on the table.

The post-workout meal to lose weight and recover energy – Italian Cuisine

Here's what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to fight tiredness, build muscle and fight cramps and other muscle disorders and post workout menus to inspire you

The post workout meal plays a key role in obtaining excellent results from physical activity. Providing the body with the right fuel for energy recovery after doing physical activity helps fight fatigue and stimulate muscle building and therefore lean mass. In addition, it helps integrate any deficiencies and prevents the most frequent ailments such as cramps and muscle pain. «Foods such as cereals, green leafy vegetables, eggs, fish, sources of B complex vitamins, for example, favor the production of energy essential to combat physical tiredness that can occur after training. They are involved in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins ", explains the nutritionist Nicoletta Bocchino, which suggests what to eat in the post-workout meal to best optimize your workout results.

If you play sports early in the morning

For a balanced and healthy post-workout breakfast you can treat yourself to a share of carbohydrates such as bread or orange juice or a banana together with the complete proteins of yogurt and the "good" fats of dried fruit (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.) . "They will help you fight fatigue after training and make sure that proteins are better available for your muscles. They also supply essential amino acids such as tryptophan and tyrosine that facilitate the brain's release of dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters that reduce the feeling of fatigue that occurs following physical exertion ", explains the nutritionist.

If you go to the gym at lunchtime

Yes to a quick post-workout lunch based on complete proteins and calcium, allies of muscle and bone health. The winning combination? Cottage cheese, lettuce and rye sandwich. «Ricotta is rich in essential essential amino acids for the development and maintenance of muscle mass. Lettuce, on the other hand, is a good source of valuable antioxidants that fight free radicals produced during intense physical activity, responsible for oxidative stress. It also provides vitamin C, essential in the production of collagen, a protein from which bones, tendons and cartilages are made, essential for the functioning and flexibility of the joints and to counteract the pain that can arise after exercising due to excessive effort. , Explains the expert. "The complex carbohydrates of rye bread provide the body with long-lasting energy."

If you train in the afternoon

Yes to a snack after training based on simple sugars. A few examples? A seasonal fruit and a small square of cheese or a yogurt. "They allow you to recover energy quickly." Then adds the nutritionist: "Kiwis and bananas for example ensure a great variety of minerals that help counteract post-workout fatigue. In fact, they bring high quantities of magnesium and potassium which allow the minerals lost through sweating to be replenished and to counteract muscle cramps that may occur after training. Dairy products, on the other hand, are good sources of high biological value proteins, allies for muscle health .

The post workout meal to lose weight and recover energy

If you do training in the evening

If you go to the gym after work and have dinner late, be careful not to overdo it with calories and quantities before going to sleep. The risk? Having difficulty falling asleep and resting badly with effects on the line and on health. "Sleeping a few hours a night, for example, promotes greater production of the hunger hormone called ghrelin. Physical activity practiced in the hours preceding sleep in itself has an activating effect on the brain. In fact, it promotes the release of adrenaline, a hormone that stimulates wakefulness , explains nutritionist Nicoletta Bocchino. In order not to take risks, yes to a light evening meal based on easily digestible proteins combined with a plate of seasonal vegetables and some cereals. A typical menu? Bresaola, rocket and whole wheat bread or basmati brown rice. «Bresaola provides proteins that give satiety without weighing it down. Arugula is rich instead of B vitamins and tryptophan, involved in the production of hormones that regulate the sleep-wake rhythm such as serotonin. Whole wheat bread and rice ensure fiber that prolongs satiety and complex carbohydrates that promote relaxation ".

Discover in the gallery 6 other menus for post-workout meals to inspire you

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